Novel Coronavirus Update

Kia ora Whanau and Parents

 

You would have read previous correspondence from us regarding Coronavirus and the ongoing precautions we have been taking to protect our school community. We have been following the guidelines sent to us from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) in ensuring that all of our domestic and international students  continue to be safeguarded from the Novel coronavirus.

 

To this point, students and staff members who had travelled through, or from China within the most recent 14 day period have been asked not to attend school and remain in self-isolation. Thank you for the very positive response to this request and also for the support from our homestay community. Your support during this difficult and unpredictable virus outbreak has been amazing.

 

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, as of late yesterday, advise that all students can return to school unless:

 

  • they have been in close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case
  • they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days
  • they arrived in New Zealand out of mainland China after midnight on the 2nd February.

 

This last bullet point is vital to us as a community and is new advice from both the departments that unless our students and staff have transited through or from Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days they are not required to self-isolate. As such, our staff and students who arrived in New Zealand prior to 2 February (this past Sunday) will be welcomed back to school from Friday the 7 February (today).

 

The MoH have confirmed there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New Zealand but do inform us:

  • If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus, then your risk of being infected is very low

 

  • People are being asked to take simple common-sense steps as you would with the seasonal flu-virus

 

  • This most current stay away guidance applies only to those who arrived from mainland China after 2 February 2020, and not to any other people who you may be living with.

 

We anticipate our community being supportive of us acting on MoE and MoH guidance and that our parents, caregivers, staff and students will welcome their Northcross peers back into our school. For many, arriving  to a new country and having to be isolated for a period of time will have been a very difficult situation to face. Welcome back to a new year .

Ngā mihi

 


Jonathon Tredray

 

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